MARY MARY GARNERS SIX 2012 STELLAR AWARDS NOMINATIONS
INSPIRATIONAL DUO ALSO ANNOUNCES
Multi-Grammy Award-Winning Pair Launches Thrilling Holiday Tour,
Sharing Classic and Updated Holiday Favorites with Their Fans
Multi-Grammy Award-winning My Block/Columbia recording artists Mary Mary have had an amazing whirlwind 2011 thus far: This year saw the release of their critically acclaimed sixth studio album, Something Big; they garnered both the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award, and a top BET Award; recently nominated for double Soul Train Awards for their chart topping single “Walking,” they completed a highly successful tour with co-headliners Bebe & CeCe Winans, in addition to several high-profile national television appearances; and announced exciting new partnerships with The American Red Cross and Pillsbury.
Something Big continues to receive critical acclaim garnering 6 top Stellar Award nominations. Something Big received nods for CD of the Year, Contemporary CD of the Year; while their hit single, “Walking” was recognized in the Urban/Inspirational Single or Performance of the Year. Among the leading vote getters, the ladies were also nominated for Artist of the Year, Group/Duo of the Year and Contemporary Group/Duo of the Year.
The 27th Annual Stellar Awards, gospel music biggest night, will be held January 14, 2012 in Nashville, and is set to air in national syndication from January 21-February 26 2012 on The Gospel Music Channel and local markets around the country.
To add yet another dash of excitement to this year’s major successes, the inspirational duo has just announced their “Have a Mary Mary Christmas” Tour, kicking off December 8th in Austin, Texas. The opening act will be R&B a cappella group Committed, the second-season winner of NBC’s “The Sing-Off” reality competition.
Mary Mary released a Christmas album, A Mary Mary Christmas, back in 2006 to rave reviews. The album boasts a beautiful blend of traditional Christmas classics along with original material. Highlighting the uniqueness of Christmas on the West Coast, songs such as “California Christmas” capture the joy of the season in a cherished holiday fashion. The album quickly became a seasonal favorite, but fan appreciation will be taken to another level with the live performance element, showcasing how the siblings ““ Erica and Tina Campbell ““ celebrate the Christmas season.
The “Have a Mary Mary Christmas” Tour will focus primarily on the Southwest and the West Coast, hitting major cities such as Austin, Houston, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Seattle. The tour’s December 8th kick-off comes right on the heels of the Do Something Big initiative ““ a contest hosted by Mary Mary, encouraging churches across the U.S. to “do something big” in and for their communities. The contest winners will be announced on December 6th. The winners will be treated to a full Mary Mary concert at their church and a special breakfast for their community. The contest was created in conjunction with Mary Mary’s recent partnership with Pillsbury to launch new frozen breakfast products, and their new role as the voices behind the catchy Pillsbury jingle, “Rhythm of a New Morning.”
Mary Mary has many blessings to celebrate this holiday season. The duo recently taped an incomparable performance of “Optimistic,” the Sounds of Blackness classic, for BET’s “˜Black Girls Rock’ airing in November 6th. The ladies also participated Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Dedication Ceremony which was broadcast live by TV One and took place on the National Mall in Washington, DC. They also appeared on “˜The Wendy Williams Show’ in early October, discussing the Pillsbury partnership and the Do Something Big church contest.
In addition to their professional accomplishments, Erica and her husband, producer/songwriter Warryn Campbell, are expecting their third child in the new year. This tour is sure to embody the joy, spirit and excitement that families all over the world experience during the Christmas season. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch Mary Mary singing classic holiday favorites and exciting new material live. The tour dates will range from December 8th – December 18th. For more information on the tour, please visit ilovemarymary.com.